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KUWAIT CITY, Dec 11: Vehicle Seizure Department in Farwaniya Governorate received a large number of visitors whose vehicles were impounded within the first few days of implementing the new traffic decision, but officers swiftly completed procedures to ease congestion by releasing over 500 vehicles after their owners settled all fines, reports Al-Qabas daily.

The daily quoting a source added the officers were well organized in discharging their duties to the point that no major problem was recorded. Visitors were seen entering and exiting the premises, while the staff guided them to concerned units to process their documents— a method which contributed to reduce pressure and saved time and effort, and also enabled a large number of visitors to accomplish transactions within a record time.

The source noted the traffic campaigns intensified after implementation of Article 169 of traffic law, which prohibits parking or waiting at places specialized for pedestrians and pavements— in addition to Article 207 that bars using the hand to make phone call while driving.

The same article requires motorists and passengers in the front seat to wear seatbelt and crash helmets for bikers. It also empowers traffic officers to impound vehicles and motorbikes for a maximum of two months, the source said.

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 11: Director of Fatwa and Legislation Department Advisor Salah Al-Mesad said the sector has completed procedures to replace expatriates with Kuwaitis in administrative positions. He requested Civil Service Commission (CSC) to nominate Kuwaitis for employment in three disciplines, reports Al-Qabas daily.

In a letter, Al-Mesad stated the decision concerning full implementation of Kuwaitization policy is unprecedented within government departments.

He recommended the commission to nominate bachelor degree holders in statistics and diploma holders in law to work in the department. He noted their appointment will boost efforts of the staff in discharging their duties.

He emphasized the essence of statistics in analyzing data to arrive at conclusions and interpretations, and assist in obtaining accurate statistical information. He indicated the department requires no less than 10 university graduates to deal with statistical work.

Meanwhile, Board Chairman of Health Assurance Hospitals Company (Dhaman) Mutlaq Al-Sanea revealed that Daman Health Project is a public-private partnership model, reports Al-Anba daily.

“Dhaman aims to establish an integrated healthcare system to become more sustainable within the publicprivate partnership framework,” Al-Sanea explained in a press statement. Al-Sanea stressed the need to improve health services by developing the indicators of health care to reach the level of excellence on par with international standards, especially those of the World Health Organization (WHO).

He confirmed hundred percent attendance in the extraordinary general assembly held last Thursday, which approved the proposed medical examinations for expatriates in and outside the country to complement the health care system that the company is working on in a bid to integrate all stages of health care for beneficiaries.

Source: Arab Times

KUWAIT CITY - Regional powerhouse Saudi Arabia snubbed its former ally Qatar at the annual summit Tuesday of Gulf monarchies as King Salman stayed away despite the presence of the Qatari emir.

The crisis-hit Gulf Cooperation Council summit was going ahead in Kuwait City despite uncertainty over which leaders from among Riyadh and its allies would in the end join their Qatari rival for the talks.

The future of the six-nation GCC - formed 36 years ago to bring together energy-rich Gulf Arab states - appeared to be hanging in the balance.

This year's meeting comes with Saudi Arabia and its allies engaged in a bitter dispute with fellow GCC member Qatar , in the worst crisis ever to hit the bloc.

Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani accepted an invitation to attend, but just hours before the talks were due to begin, Saudi King Salman sent his foreign minister, Adel al-Jubeir, in his stead.

State television showed Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah receiving Jubeir at the airport as the head of the kingdom's delegation.

Bahrain sent its deputy premier and Emirati media said the state minister for foreign affairs would represent Abu Dhabi.

Those three Gulf states, together with Egypt, cut all ties with Qatar on June 5, accusing the gas-rich emirate of supporting Islamist extremists and of being too close to Iran, Riyadh's arch-rival.

Qatar denies the allegations and has accused the Saudi-led bloc of aiming to incite a change of regime in Doha.

Kuwait has been leading mediation efforts within the GCC to resolve the crisis, but so far with little success.

Casting further doubt on the group's future, the UAE said Tuesday it was forming a new military and economic committee with Saudi Arabia separate from the GCC.

The committee "will coordinate between the two countries in all military, political, economic, trade and cultural fields," according to a decree issued by UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan.

Founded in 1981, the GCC is a political and economic union grouping Qatar with Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates as well as Oman and Kuwait.

Dominated by Riyadh, it has been a regional counterweight to Iran.

On Monday, the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia and Qatar attended round-table talks ahead of the gathering, in their first such encounter since the diplomatic crisis erupted in June.

Omani Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Yussef bin Alawi sat between them at the meeting which the foreign ministers of the UAE, Bahrain and Kuwait also attended.

After cutting off all ties with Qatar , Saudi Arabia and its allies imposed a land, sea and air blockade of the emirate and issued a list of 13 demands to have it lifted.

Bahrain in October called for Qatar 's membership of the GCC to be suspended until it accepted the demands.

Experts warn that the crisis could lead to the demise of the once-powerful GCC.

"The justifications for the existence of the GCC bloc amidst the continued crisis are no longer present like before," said Sami al-Faraj, head of the Kuwait Center for Strategic Studies.

"As long as our enemy has changed from Iran to Qatar , the GCC will not continue."

The failure of the GCC members to solidify long-delayed plans for economic unity may also threaten its future.

The Gulf states have approved a customs union, a common market, a single currency and a single central bank, but most of these have yet to be implemented.

Speaking at Monday's meeting, Kuwait's Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Sabah stressed the determination of member states to preserve the GCC.

"The GCC is a continuous project in which the will of member states meets to build a unified Gulf body," he said.

Source: The Nation

Traffic authorities in Kuwait said they will remain committed to taking strong action against dangerous offences if the current drive to impound vehicles for some violations is found to be unconstitutional.

The authorities this month started impounding vehicles for months when drivers fail to wear seat belts, talk on hand-held cell phones while driving or park on pavements and no-parking zones.

Some lawmakers and lawyers criticised the move, insisting the penalty for traffic offences should be implemented gradually, and threatened to take legal action.

However, traffic authorities said they would not back down from their drive to make Kuwait’s roads safer for everyone and to hold irresponsible drivers responsible.

“We will naturally respect the decision of the competent authorities if they find that the current decision to impound vehicles is illegal or unconstitutional,” traffic sources told Kuwaiti daily Al Rai. “However, we will not hesitate to proceed to issue any resolution or legislation to stop flagrant violations and dangerous offences on our roads, and will not allow any disregard for human life.”

The sources added the main objective of the decision to impound vehicles was to save lives and that the interior ministry would embrace any legal or constitutional move to protect people.

“The ministry has been listening to the views expressed by lawmakers and common citizens, both supporting and criticising the issue. What really matters is that people become used to respecting laws,” the sources said.

Despite strenuous efforts by traffic authorities to instill a better driving culture and bring down an infamous world ranking in accident averages, official figures indicate that the task remains formidable.

Traffic figures show that 917,447 accidents have occurred since 2012. There were 86,271 accidents in 2012; 89,527 in 2013; 99,047 in 2014; 77,961 in 2015; and 71,582 in 2016. The figure was 23,529 in the first four months of this year.

Deaths by accident in 2012 were at 454, going down to 445 in 2013, but increasing to 461 in 2014. In 2015, there were 429 deaths while the figure was 153 up to April 2017.

Jumping red lights, speeding and the use of mobiles topped the causes of the accidents that occurred in 2017.

Recklessness and lack of responsible behaviour were also cited among the major causes of road crashes.

According to the National Traffic Strategy, the money spent by Kuwait to deal with accidents represents around 6 per cent of its annual gross domestic product.

More than 25,000 Kuwaitis, mostly relatives of those involved in accidents, are affected every year, the strategy prepared by an international expert said.

Source: gulfnews

 

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 25: The lawyer representing a cosmetic clinic has filed a complaint with the Hawally police accusing an American doctor working for the same clinic of betrayal of trust, reports Al-Anba daily. The daily added, according to the complainant the suspect treated some patients and the proceeds from the treatment he transferred to his account. The 67-year-old doctor is said to have admitted to the charge.

Woman sought: Police are looking for an unidentified young woman whose clip went viral in the social media, reports Al-Anba daily. The clip shows the woman dancing immodestly. However, a police source said although the clip shows a street scene, she is dancing inside a house not on a street.

Tackling downpours: Coinciding with the rainfall experienced in the country recently, Assistant Undersecretary for Sewage Engineering at Ministry of Public Works Engineer Abdul-Mohsen Al-Enezi affirmed the ministry has sent out emergency teams to work around the clock in all six governorates, reports Al- Jarida daily. Engineer Al-Enezi said the teams will be working on detecting and fixing problems that are likely to occur during the rainy season. He stated the ministry will join forces with concerned authorities in the governorates to ensure free fl ow of traffic on the roads, indicating the ministry will deal with obstacles on roads and tunnels during the rain.

Source: Arab Times

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 25: Police are looking for 10,000 people — Kuwaitis and expatriates — who are wanted to serve the court verdicts, reports Al-Qabas daily. This is in addition to 30,000 others who are wanted in connection with financial cases. The daily quoting security sources said security campaigns organized by the Ministry of Interior has helped arrest dozens of wanted people in addition to some ‘fugitives’.

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 25: MP Mohammed Al-Huwailah has presented a bill on the establishment of the National Commission for Population Structure (NCPS) to be headed by the state minister for Cabinet Affairs with the ministers of Interior, Social Affairs and Labor, Commerce and Industry and Supreme Council of Planning as members.

The bill stipulates that the commission, which will be affiliated to the Council of Ministers, shall have a legal structure as well as financial and administrative autonomy.

The committee will study and assess the population structure, propose a population strategy, and establish and adopt appropriate population policies and systems to enhance the citizen’s role, protect national identity and achieve he desired population balance.

ts functions include collecting information on the demographic structure from ministries and other concerned bodies, and conducting research and analytical studies on the population structure, policies and action in other sectors and fields.

Article Six of the bill stipulates that the committee shall have an independent budget attached to the State budget. Its revenues shall consist of the amount required to achieve the objectives assigned to the Parliament and approved by the Council of Ministers. Disbursement of the budget shall be in accordance with the regulations.

Meanwhile, MP Osama Al- Shaheen announced that there are several financial draft laws in the agenda of the National Assembly, affirming the Financial and Economic Affairs Committee submitted its reports on these bills during the first session. He revealed these draft laws include optional early retirement, amendments to the Public Aid Law, cancellation of interest for loans granted to retirees and fees for public facilities like gasoline, oil derivatives, electricity and water.

Proposal
He added the committee will discuss in its next meeting the proposal to amend Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry Law in order to regulate this economic institution and value added tax (VAT) which has been rejected by a large number of Parliament members including himself taking into consideration the continuation of public funds wastage in the government. He went on to say that the government rejected the draft law on the retirement of noncommissioned officers in the Kuwaiti Army even though it addresses humanitarian issues. He disclosed a number of MPs intend to resume talks on this draft law and push for its ratification.

On the other hand, Chairman of the Finance and Economic Affairs Committee MP Salah Khorshid urged the government to stop wastage of public funds in ministries and other State institutions. He said this wastage has been confirmed by reports of the State Audit Bureau. He called on the government to quickly respond to proposals prioritized by the committee like the alternative salary scale to ensure equality among citizens and increasing the children allowance and rent allowances. He also asked the government to explain its decision to reject the proposed exceptional pension for retired soldiers due to the alleged constitutional suspicion. He called for clarifying the suspicion through a legal opinion to uncover the truth, since some retirees have received judicial rulings to grant them exceptional pension. He added the priorities of the committee are the proposals on leadership positions, population structure, cancellation of interest for loans given to retirees, reduction of retirement age, establishment of joint stock companies to build power and desalination plants, and governance rules in government institutions

By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staffv

Source: Arab Times

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